WEIGHT LOSS:HEALTH RISK ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY
Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability in people having weight problem.Overweight/obese individuals are more likely to have high blood pressure;a major risk factor for heart diseases and stroke. health problems associated with obesity are numerous.Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem, it is health hazard. it has been linked to several serious medical conditions including
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Gall bladder disease and gall stone
- Breathing problem,such as sleep apnea(when a person stops breathing for a short episode during sleep)and asthma.
A person is considered obese if one weigh at lease 20% more than the maximum healthy weight for ones height. Those at greater risks for overweight/obese related conditions include:
- Family history of certain chronic diseases: people with close relative who have had diseases or diabetes are more likely to develop these problems when overweight.
- Pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels are all warning signs of some associated diseases.
- Apple shape: people whose weight are concentrated around their stomachs may be at a greater risk of developing heart diseases,diabetes or cancer,than people of the same weight who are "pear shaped"(a pear shaped person carries his/her weight in their hips and buttocks).
However,good news is that losing a small amount of weight can reduce your chances of developing heart diseases or a stroke. if you are overweight,reducing your weight by 5%-10% is proven to decrease your chances of developing heart diseases.
Weight loss can decrease stress on the knees, hips and lower back and may improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.